[FIRST ARABIC EDITION OF 'AFRICA! AFRICA!' BY EDITOR OF THE DAILY WORKER] Ifriqiyah! Ifriqiyah! Qarat taqif ali qidmihâ. [i.e. Africa! Africa! A continent rises to its feet]. Translated by Ahmed Fouad Balbaa; Review by Hassan Lotfi Al-Manfalouti
DEREK [ISIDOR] KARTUN, (1919-2005). Muassasat Sijil Al-Arab [i.e. Arab Record Foundation], [Egypt?], 1965.
Half leather bound in Egyptian style raised six bands to spine, Arabic lettered gilt in second and fourth. 'Abdelzehar Binding' stamp on back endpaper. Roy. 8vo. (24 x 17 cm). In Arabic. 179,  p.
First Arabic edition of Kartun's 'Africa! Africa! A continent rises to its feet' which describes the struggle for freedom in British colonial Africa in the face of horrible pressures.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kartun was the improbable combination of a leftist activist, a captain of industry, a Daily Worker journalist and an author of spy thrillers. Kartun was the son of a Russian-French father and a Polish-English mother. He was born into the world of the cultured bourgeoisie, his uncle being the pianist and conductor Léon Kartun. His father had left Paris Conservatoire when he realized that he would not be one of the great violinists of his generation, and went on to become a successful designer and trader of jewelry. He was sent to England for his schooling, first to a prep school in Redhill, where the combination of being bookish, Jewish, and French proved a hindrance to popularity, and then to St Paul's, where he instead flourished and claimed to be the school's first Jewish boy. As what should have been his sixth form years coincided with a temporary reversal of his father’s fortunes, and he was set to work in an advertising agency, later on finding himself working a job on writing scripts for B movies for MGM, where he met Claude Cockburn (see separate entry). Becoming a contributor to Cockburn's scurrilous newssheet The Week merely led him into the Communist Party for the next two decades of his life. Bad eyesight confined him to civilian duties during the war but he wrote several books while in the Communist Party, including Tito's plot against Europe: The story of the Raik Conspiracy (1949), This is America (1947), and Africa, Africa! (1954). He became foreign editor of The Daily Worker, writing for the Party on a wide range of allied themes. He contributed a piece on the French political scene in April 1946 for Raji Dutt's Labour Monthly, when he replaced his brother, Clemens Dutt in March 1945 and joined the staff of the Daily Worker for the first time as its European correspondent, based in Paris. He was initially expelled from France by the Ministry of the Interior only a few hours after arriving! Kartun later covered the birth of the state of Israel, being present during the Siege of Jerusalem in April 1948. (Source: Independent - Obituary: Derek Kartun).
[FIRST ARABIC EDITION OF 'AFRICA! AFRICA!' BY EDITOR OF THE DAILY WORKER] Ifriqiyah! Ifriqiyah! Qarat taqif ali qidmihâ. [i.e. Africa! Africa! A continent rises to its feet]. Translated by Ahmed Fouad Balbaa; Review by Hassan Lotfi Al-Manfalouti. إفريقيا-إفريقيا قارة تقف على قدميها
One copy located in OCLC: 949535161 (Fondation du Roi Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud pour les Etudes Islamiques et les Sciences Humaines / King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences - Casablanca).